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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Sep 17, 2010 11:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Truckin?

Those Truckin's with Fiero and Ellis are cool, I agree. But they're not best-ever material in my book.

I just realized I had the wrong link/description for the 6/9/73 show, and I can't bring myself to delete 3/26/73, so this is now my top SIX in chronological order:

April 16, 1972, Aarhus University, Denmark – http://www.archive.org/details/gd72-04-16.sbd.miller.18103.sbeok.shnf - This is sometimes mislabeled as Truckin> Caution or even Truckin> Caution> UJB… I don’t know why. In any case, it is an awesome, must-hear Truckin’> Other One jam for sure.

August 12, 1972, Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, CA – http://www.archive.org/details/gd1972-08-12.sbd.smith.gems.105132.flac16 - First time they turned the dynamic duo around, Truckin’ comes after a tasty Other One> Black Peter> Other One sandwich. Truckin’ is 12 minutes long and the jam is fully charged up after a short but very cool Other One reprise/verse two.

March 26, 1973 - Balitmore Civic Center - http://www.archive.org/details/gd1973-03-26.sbd.miller.34787.sbeok.flac16 - An absolutely stellar Truckin’ jam that goes way out into space before settling into WRS prelude. Beautiful and classic sequence from an amazing month of shows.

June 9, 1973, RFK Stadium - http://www.archive.org/details/gd1973-06-09.sbd.patched.barry.93475.sbeok.shnf - Nice transition from Gone into Truckin’, followed by an INSANE Truckin’ jam that goes in unexpected directions and gets very hot, followed by a little Phil/Billy, a mellow jam, a Here Comes Sunshine tease, and finally PITB. First Truckin’> PITB (and one of only four ever).

May 19, 1974, Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR – http://www.archive.org/details/gd1974-05-19.sbd.fix.miller.107165.flac16 - Flat-out awesome Truckin/Nodody’s attack into a gorgeous MLB/NFA jam. One of the best parts of one of the year’s best shows.

May 25, 1974, Campus Stadium, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA – http://www.archive.org/details/gd1974-05-25.sbd.jmiller.205.sbeok.shnf - The Dead tear Truckin’ apart like a band at the height of its powers and then rip into a brief but blistering Nobody’s jam that descends into a spicy little groove before entering pretty deep space.


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Poster: yesss! Date: Sep 17, 2010 12:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Truckin?

great list! my favorites are all there- with the addition of 6/9/73, which i don't know off the top of my head. going there now!

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Sep 17, 2010 12:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Truckin? - a few less obvious suggestions

Here are a couple more sentimental favorites, well worth a listen...

September 20, 1970, Fillmore East - http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-09-20.aud.remaster.sirmick.27583.sbeok.shnf - Very nice (and rare) acoustic version, this is probably the third-ever live version. Pig plays piano. The better quality of this recording significantly enhances the nuances of the acoustic sound.

October 23, 1970, McDonough Arena, Georgetown U., Washington, D.C. – http://www.archive.org/details/gd1970-10-23.aud.wolfson.motb-0004.85071.flac16 - First-ever Truckin’> Other One combo that would become one of the band’s calling cards. Wolfson's audience recording captures the energy of that night very well, and is reasonably well-balanced despite being a little fuzzy. The Truckin> Other One segue is truly remarkable given that it’s the first one ever. There is no break for drums and no Phil bomb to introduce the Other One, just a seamless continuation from Truckin jam into Other One jam that sounds perfectly organic. Listen to this one.

October 19, 1974 – Only split Truckin? (He’s Gone> Truckin jam> Caution jam> Drums> Space> Truckin> Black Peter)
- From GD Movie Soundtrack - A wild version, Truckin’ is announced out of He’s Gone, but instead of starting up the song proper, they jam it out for a few minutes and head into a sweet Caution jam that goes off into drums and space before returning for Truckin.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Sep 17, 2010 12:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Truckin? - a few less obvious suggestions

Thanks lots for all of those suggestions - guess I have some listening to do

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Sep 17, 2010 12:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Truckin? - a few less obvious suggestions

"less obvious?"

You consider 9/20/70 and a Winterland '74 performance less obvious?

Perhaps to Kochman ;)

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Sep 17, 2010 1:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Truckin? - a few less obvious suggestions

I guess not to the omniscient.

What I meant is that I don't think they're among the top versions, but they're fun and unique and worth a listen.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Sep 17, 2010 1:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Truckin? - a few less obvious suggestions

That they are :)

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Poster: tigerbolt Date: Sep 17, 2010 3:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Truckin?

don't know about the best because music is so subjective
but enjoy this one and enjoy the rest of the set.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1973-10-23.sbd.miller.92792.sbeok.flac16